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Gift Guide: The Guys’ (Under Armour) Run/Sweat Stuff

Fitness contest update: the official judging has begun. If I hear anything by tomorrow, it will be good news (semi-finalist). I’ll keep you posted! I can’t say “thank you” enough – you’re amazing and I’m so lucky to have your support!

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In other news, we have a bi-weekly run club at the Wellness Corporate Solutions (WCS) office – every Monday and Thursday a crew goes out for a few miles along the C&O canal right after work. It started last Spring as the nights were getting light again and it was pretty clear that leaving at 5pm would just land you in traffic. Why not stay at work for an extra 30-40 minutes, get your workout in and miss out on the rush-hour headache? Brilliant. Done!

When a local Under Armour rep reached out to see if there was any interest in trying out some of their new gear, I turned to this stylish run-crew and offered it up. Each person selected their own UA “gift” and has provided a review! Today, we start with the guys, Jared* and Ari.

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Jared’s Review – Men’s Coldblack T-shirt:

I wore the Men’s Coldblack T-Shirt to the gym this week for an early morning workout. It felt great when I put it on.  The fit was slim and well matched to my frame size around the chest, arms and shoulders, but the shirt was a bit long for an exercise piece. The material was light-weight and stretchy, yet felt very durable which made it quite satisfying to wear.  I started my workout with a  one mile to warm-up on the treadmill.  The length got in the way a bit here as the shirt grabbed around my butt, preventing it from moving freely with my running stride.  I proceed with a circuit workout of Olympic lifts (deadlifts and overhead squats) during which the shirt performed perfectly.  The length may have even helped me when raising my arms above my head. The fabric kept me cool and felt appropriate to the activity.

Mens Coldblack short sleeve UA shirt

All in all, I really liked the Men’s Coldblack Shortsleeve T-Shirt, and with a potential alteration to the length, I will happily keep it in the rotation.  Or I’ll just save it  for days when I’m not running.

*Side-note: Jared is participating in Movember – show your support of his classy ‘stache here!

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Ari’s Review – Men’s Spine RPM Running Shoes:

I used to love running, but then I moved and joined a gym.  Don’t get me wrong, the gym is beautiful, and offers classes, weights, fancy machines, all that jazz, but now that I pay to belong to a gym, I want to get my money’s worth, which means a lot less running outside.  It only took a few months going to the new gym before I started to hate running.  There was something about those treadmills that irked me.  I would do classes on a bike, use the elliptical, but with the treadmills it was like forcing a kid to eat his broccoli.

Then something changed.

Yesterday I got home from work and had a brand new pair of Under Armor sneakers waiting for me {Under Armour’s Spine RPM Running Shoes}.  They looked awesome, but it wasn’t until I put my feet in them that something in me changed.  The fit was like Cinderella trying on her glass slipper – perfect.

Ari UA Spine RPM Running Shoes UA Mens spine RPM running shoes

I decided at that moment I was going to see if these made the treadmill any better.  And you know what, they did. I felt like a gazelle. The support was awesome and I was enjoying  running again.

Obviously I look forward to using these outside sometime, but for now I’m actually excited to get back on a treadmill.  Oh and I look awesome in them, too.

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Full Disclaimer: UA did not provide any compensation for these posts; the reviews are unbiased and straight from the source(s). The gear was provided to the reviewers free of charge.

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